Wellbutrin – is an antidepressant that is often positioned as a tool to facilitate smoking cessation. It includes bupropion. This substance inhibits the reuptake of dopamine and nor-epinephrine. Serotonin uptake is reduced to a lesser extent. The drug doesn’t affect the exchange of MAO (monoamine oxidase enzyme is responsible for the conversion of neurotransmitters). It is known that smoking cessation causes irritability, emotional instability for most people who have decided to overcome this addiction,. The reception of Wellbutrin is aimed at the treatment of these conditions.
Indications for use
The relief of quit of smoking;
Wellbutrin is released in the form of tablets of 150 mg. You should take them twice a day (the increase of the dose does not lead to the increase of the effect). Treatment should be long – on average about two months. Since the action of the drug develops gradually, it should be taken in a week before a decisive cessation. The instruction of the drug suggests that people should stop smoking on the 10th day of the course. It is further recommended to continue the medication for another six weeks. If during this period you are unable to completely abandon bad habits –you should not continue take Wellbutrin
- Epilepsy, low seizure threshold, episode, history of convulsions;
- Alcohol withdrawal, abrupt cancellation of psychotropic drugs, tranquilizers;
- Neoplastic processes of the central nervous system;
- Anorexia nervosa, bulimia;
- Simultaneous intake of MAO inhibitors;
- Bipolar disorder;
- Diseases of the liver;
- Pregnancy and lactation;
- Treatment of minors;
Side effects and overdose
Bupropion – the active ingredient of Wellbutrin which may cause seizures. Therefore, the drug is not prescribed if there is a risk of their development. If the patient has no contraindications to the use of drugs, nevertheless, there may be complaints of:
- Insomnia (the second dose of Wellbutrin should be taken 8 hours later after the first one, but preferably not before bedtime. For example, at 8 am and 4 pm);
- Digestive disorders;
- Dry mouth.
There are other possible side effects. If you notice that your health has changed during the reception of Wellbutrin, you should be sure to discuss this with your doctor.
Overdose is dangerous and leads to failure of functioning of the cardiovascular and nervous systems. The patient needs to be hospitalized.
If you are going to stop smoking and already know (or suspect) that this process will be painful for your nervous system, you should contact your doctor (therapist), who will select the course. But you shouldn’t decide to take Wellbutrin or another antidepressant for yourself, relying on the advice of people who want just to sell you the drug for the course.